New battles are erupting over the healthcare reform bill passed last week, this time within the states, where leaders from both parties are clashing on whether to sue the federal government. Only hours after President Barack Obama signed the healthcare plan into law week, more than a dozen Republican state attorneys general - and one Democrat -- filed lawsuits saying it violates state and individual rights. And one’s being threatened with recall because he won’t take the feds to court. Many experts say this is just a political ploy and it will do nothing but wrack up litigation fees. Others say the states have a credible case, but even if they lose, the controversy signals a larger schism over core political values. We’re sizing up the suits, and their effects, as the lawyers start filing their briefs.
Lawrence Friedman, professor of law at the New England School of Law
Samuel Staley, Director of urban growth at Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank here in Los Angeles that has advised Gov. Schwarzenegger and the previous four presidential administrations. They also publish Reason magazine